Health

5 ways to get more greens in your diet (2)

It has been said a million times that the Nigerian diet leans very heavily towards carbohydrates, even as the world moves away and eats less. While I am an advocate for not banning carbohydrates completely from our diets, I do have to agree that we need to #lesshandsmall and reduce the quantity we eat.

This post has a lot of Instagram pictures from several Nigerian Food Bloggers. Feel free to click the “Follow” button on any of the pictures below. You will find it on the top right hand side of the photo. Seriously, you need to follow for inspiration!

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products I love - February 2015

I tried to get a series started last year on my favourite new products but guess what? I really don’t buy that many new products so I wasn’t able to keep up with it.

This year, I am still determined to bring you what I can, when I can. No pressure on myself, lol!

In no particular order, these are the products that have found their way to my heart and home recently.

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Sugar for kids

Last week, my friend sat across from me and said  “It doesn’t matter if you give children sodas (a.k.a. minerals or soft drinks), as they sometimes need sugar to boost their energy levels”. I hear that a lot. Or variations of that kind of statement. The most ridiculous one has to be that ice-cream is a “healthy snack” because it at least contains milk.

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Healthy School Lunch Pesto Pasta Nigeria

My daughter now has to stay in school for an extra hour after closing time so that she can participate in extra-curricular activities.  For me, that means giving her an even more substantial meal because that extra hour means that she will be spending lunch time in school and will be starving by the time she gets home.

A good choice for a filling meal is Pasta and rather than just regular pasta, whole wheat pasta is sooooo much better.

That is the inspiration for today’s Healthy School Lunch Idea.

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Fruit Juice Nigeria - the truthI have wanted to do this post for quite a while now. I think it is quite important that we begin to question the things that we have locally available.

Loads of people opt for “Fruit Juice” at parties and at restaurants and even at home, thinking that they are getting something very close to freshly squeezed juice and nothing else. That is really not the case…at all.

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Today is Healthy Monday! Yay!

Today, let’s speak on a subject that affects you and I – labelling!

My daughter was given a pack of biscuits which I found (intact) in the car. It was one of these really cheap biscuits that you can purchase for about NGN10. Even though I knew not to expect much, I took a look at the packaging to read the ingredients list. Before I could do that though, this caught my eye:

Biscuit Front

1 Pack = 1 glass of milk*

I was intrigued! Really? I could eat this and literally not need to drink milk? These had to be healthy biscuits!! But then, notice the asterisk? Not a lot of people usually do. I turned the pack around to find what it meant:

*One pack of 33g Milk Biscuits has Calcium equal to 175ml glass of milk

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Today is Healthy Monday!! Let’s stop talking about food for a minute and talk instead about something that will help you exercise right.

A few years ago, while reading Gym instructor and personal trainer,  Adura’s blog, I came across a post that mentioned the importance of getting a gait analysis done when buying new running shoes. I had never gotten that done before but was immediately interested.

It is based on the fact that our foot arch or lack of it (in the case of those that have flat feet) determine the way our feet are aligned.

Arch Type

If you know your arc type, this is a pretty cool way of figuring out your foot alignment. If you don’t look at the bottom of the post for a link that will help you determine what your arch type is.

I wasn’t able to find a place that could conduct the test in Nigeria so I wound up getting it done in a shop that sells running equipment in the UK. I went with my cousin, Chinelo, and they soon had us running barefoot on a treadmill to see whether we overpronate, underpronate or have a normal gait while running. After they determined which category I fell into, they tested me running with shoes and we settled on one that gave me the most support.

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This shows the running gait of people that fall under the different categories.

Did it make a difference?…..Yep!! So much so that I haven’t since bought running shoes without getting a fit test or gait analysis done.

In case you are wondering about the results: I discovered that I overpronate (no surprise there as I have flat feet), and wound up buying a pair of ASICS with proper structural support. I absolutely love ASICS. So very comfortable, I could live in them.

Why is a Gait Analysis so important?

  • The right shoes can prevent injury while running. As a matter of fact, if you have a recurring injury, it may be down to your shoes not providing the right support.
  • Improves form and body alignment for better performance while running.
  • Even if you are not a runner, this is helpful in determining the sort of every day shoes you should be buying for every day shoes.

My last pair of running shoes came from New Balance. I went to a New Balance store and they conducted a professional fit analysis to get me the right shoes. No running involved. I simply stepped on an iSTEP scanner which mapped my feet and advised the fit specialist which shoes I would need for the right support.

Here is a picture of my scan, the bits in red are the places where I most apply pressure when standing.  This is what flat feet look like.

Natural Nigerian Running Shoes

Do you see me in the picture, taking the picture? Apparently I always shove my sunglasses on my head when I am indoors.

I bought a pair of shoes with built-in support. They also sold me orthotics which I no longer wear (they were too uncomfortable).

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